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climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. I identified with that, not because of my philanthropic efforts but because I did it when I was 60 in 2002. I would have to say it was a very challenging experience - I was very fit because I had trained hard before I left NZ and had also been in E Africa (mostly at an altitude of 5000 ft) for a month before climbing. I climbed it as a personal challenge and because as a youngster I had read many books about Africa which included descriptions of The Mountain. SES was a brief but very formative part of my life; at SES I actually had to apply myself and that has been useful for the rest of my life and for once my father was happy with his investment in my schooling. Before I left SES I decided that I wanted to be a farmer. When Dad came to NZ he ended up owning a farm and it was like manna sent from heaven. When I first left school I worked for him for a year then went to Massey University, did National Service and managed farms before eventually moving back to Tangmere, the family farm. I farmed here for some 40 years and built it up from 450 acres to 1600 acres. My son is now the farmer and I am enjoying retirement, helping out on the farm as required. Travel has always been an important part of my life but it is really only since retirement that it has been a big part of our life. I wonder if any OSE have tramped the Lares trail in Peru- that was almost as demanding as climbing Kili. CONDON-YOUNG, LUCIE (N, 2013-2015) Congratulations to Lucie who was selected to perform alongside some of Australia’s greatest classical musicians in the Australian Bushfire Benefit London in early March, at the Royal Academy of Music. It was a stunning performance and the event raised over £41,000 for this worthy cause. D DAWSON, RICHARD JASPER (A, 1965-1969) Although past official retirement age, Jasper continues to work full time as a solicitor practicing in Birkenhead. During lockdown he covered the work of the entire Property Department whilst his team were furloughed. He would

be delighted to hear from any of his contemporaries. DAY, TIMOTHY J (F, 1969-1974)

Since retiring from the charity sector in 2016, Tim has been volunteering with the National Trust as a Lead Guide at Penrhyn

B BENNETT-WARNER, PIPPA (J, 2001-2006) Earlier this year, Pippa was on our screens in the crime drama series Gangs of London on Sky Atlantic, playing gangster’s daughter Shannon. Interviewed for The Scotsman , she described it as a very new style of project for her: ‘I hadn’t done anything like this before, full of action and heavy, cool and so ambitious in scale. That’s one reason I wanted to do it. Another is because it’s so diverse and international, and I really felt it honoured the London I live in. It’s the London we all know, represented on all fronts with all its diverse languages.’ She has also recently featured in BBC One’s drama Windrush , playing the protagonist’s daughter, Eileen who comes to her father’s aid when he is wrongly targeted by immigration enforcement. BUCKTON, DAVID (A, 1961-1966) David has recently completed a very enjoyable and busy year as Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. He had the pleasure of inviting Jon Snow (A, 1961-1966) to speak at their Livery Banquet held at the Mansion House. Jon’s speech was highly amusing and much to everyone’s surprise included a rendition of the Ugandan National Anthem! C CLOUSTON, RICHARD (E, 1955-1956) Richard wrote to us from New Zealand with a wonderful update of his life and achievements. Here is a summary of his account: The reason for writing was because of an article in Rhubarb by Grace Gilbert (née Robinson) (K, 2005-2010) who

Castle and as a volunteer welcoming visitors at the world famous Bodnant Garden in North Wales. This came to a grinding halt with lockdown from 24th March and so he regularly hosted video meetings with the teams to keep people connected and interested. The National Trust has nearly 70,000 volunteers when fully open. As we go to print, the National Trust is slowly reopening its spaces and it is thanks to Tim and other volunteers that we can enjoy these spaces that are so valuable to our wellbeing. DELAFIELD, ALASTAIR (E, 1994-1999) out as a Teaching Assistant at Garden House School in Chelsea, completing his PGCE at Bath University shortly after. Since qualifying as a teacher, Alastair has taught at Dulwich College Prep School and Thomas’s Prep School, both in London and took a three-month sabbatical in Melbourne, Australia, where he taught Sciences to children aged from 9 to 16 years. Ivy Education provides high-quality private tuition with a personal, bespoke approach. Tutors and educational consultants (which include former Heads of top independent schools, specialist Higher Education advisors and SEN experts) provide families with expert educational support, offering advice on nursery, school and university placements and admissions, assessments, and tuition. Ivy Education has gone from strength to strength, however, like Alastair Delafield set up Ivy Education in March 2010 and it has recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Alastair started



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